Gaza Freedom Marchers undeterred by Egyptian government

Ellen Davidson Dec 25, 2009

It’s Christmas day and we are preparing to leave tomorrow for Cairo to participate in the Gaza
Freedom March (GFM), along with nearly 1,400 other activists from 42 countries.

As of now, the Egyptian government has vowed not only to refuse us entry into Gaza but to
prevent us from going to the Rafah border crossing into Gaza, and has “canceled our orientation
space,” leaving us two days to find an alternate venue that can hold a group this size.

Undaunted, GFM is moving ahead with contingency plans for activities against the Israeli
blockade of Gaza whether or not we are allowed into the territory: “Our efforts and plans will not
be altered at this point. We have set out to break the siege of Gaza and to march in Gaza on
December 31 against the international blockade. We are continuing the journey,” according to a
press release from the group.

From Cairo, retired U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright, one of the march organizers, says: “Keep flying
to Cairo!  The Gaza Freedom March is historic, even if the Egyptian government will not let us
into Gaza!  The people of Gaza and the world are watching. We are NOT silent about Gaza!!!
See you in Cairo!”

Yes, see you in Cairo, Ann.